This has been a great vehicle for our
family. We have 4 captain chairs and a
back bench seat, with rear heat/air. We
have taken some great family trips in
Also, I like driving sitting up in the
4 door access to 4 captain chairs.
Great cup holders.
I thought I was the only person who
called it a money pit. I bought it from
my SISTER who had maintained the car
flawlessly for 6 years. After 2 weeks
the AC went out. 4 weeks later it
wouldn't go into reverse. A week later
it wouldn't shift out of gear at 30mph.
Then the AC went out again and now it's
not shifting gears. RUN AWAY! RUN FAST!
DON'T LOOK BACK! Did I mention the
strangulation sound it makes when the
automatic door locks engage? Explain
that when you're driving a client to
lunch. That's easy: IT'S A MONEY PIT!
RUN FAST! My transmission guy said if
it weren't for the Caravans, he
wouldn't have any business. RUN AWAY!
The driver's side back door is a
dream. I can't imagine not having this
door with an infant car seat.
Make a transmission that will last
100,000 miles. Or how about an A/C
that will blow cool air without
replacing the compressor every other
year. Or maybe labeling it a 5 year
throw away car so you know it will be
junked and not suitable for resale.
Great vehicle for moving the family
round, spacious & comfortable. Pity
about the reliability. I bought it with
60K on the speedo and now its at 104K.
I have had a blown head gasket, the A/C
fail, starter & water pump replaced.
This excludes recalls on the radiator
fan relay, fuel tank seals etc. I was
fortunate to have a warranty which
covered most of the above. If you want
something you can rely on, look else
Roominess & comfort of interior
Better reliabity coupled with the
styling of the later model
Purchased from local dealer with 50k.
At this writing (8/11/03) now has 116k
Have been happy overall. Some of the
reliability issues other raters
mentioned have also plagued me on
occasion. Luckily, I'm a shade tree
mechanic and not scared to tackle the
unknown without prints or a tech manual.
Have replaced starter, several rotors,
brake booster (what a pain!), idler
pulley (snapped off while driving),
Front and rear AC expansion
valve/dryer.Also have intermittent
wiper gremlin where pulse wipe quits.
Even with all this, my wife loves it
and I'd probably get another one if I
weren't tiring of the design.
Seats for comfort and convenience.
Carpet for cleanability.
Factory privacy glass really works well.
Quiet, smooth engine/tranny. (3.3L)
Fit/finish for mid-level vehicle is
Electrical systems seem problematic.
1. gremlin in pulse wipers
2. occasionally the van just dies, no
warning or idiot lights ... just quits.